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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 2, 2012 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So, what's the real reason Josh Fox was arrested?

Re: "nowhere near as safe as industry experts proclaim it to be, nor is it as dangerous as opponents claim it is"

People back east are getting fracked bigtime by NG drillers right now. This is a huge deal. I recommend reading this journalism report from ProPublica, by Abrahm Lustgarten, on May 1, 2012
A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted.

More than 5,000 wells were drilled in the Marcellus between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to the study, which was published in the journal Ground Water two weeks ago. Operators inject up to 4 million gallons of fluid, under more than 10,000 pounds of pressure, to drill and frack each well.

Scientists have theorized that impermeable layers of rock would keep the fluid, which contains benzene and other dangerous chemicals, safely locked nearly a mile below water supplies. This view of the earth's underground geology is a cornerstone of the industry's argument that fracking poses minimal threats to the environment.

But the study, using computer modeling, concluded that natural faults and fractures in the Marcellus, exacerbated by the effects of fracking itself, could allow chemicals to reach the surface in as little as "just a few years."

"Simply put, [the rock layers] are not impermeable," said the study's author, Tom Myers, an independent hydrogeologist whose clients include the federal government and environmental groups.

"The Marcellus shale is being fracked into a very high permeability," he said. "Fluids could move from most any injection process."
There was a "book report" about ProPublica's investigation. This was posted to WordPress written by Iris Marie Bloom for Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based grassroots nonprofit organization.
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea has already established, based on PA DEP data, that Marcellus Shale well casings have failed at a rate of 6.2% in Pennsylvania in 2010 and 2011, causing immediate fluid migration (lecture by Ingraffea at “Marcellus Exposed” symposium, March 17th, 2012). But this new study shows that even without casing failures, fluid migration into aquifers will occur, and faster than almost anyone thought.
People back east should understand this means eventually these toxic cocktails are going to be coming out of their water faucets in their homes. The question is, will it be sooner, or later?

— Why was journalist Josh Fox arrested on Feb 1, 2012 in our U.S. Congress? —
Josh Fox was arrested for filming the Congressional Hearing on Natural Gas Fracking!


Josh Fox is the filmmaker for the documentary "Gasland"

The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox was handcuffed and arrested as he attempted to film a congressional hearing on the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking, which the Environmental Protection Agency recently reported caused water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. Fox directed the award-winning film, "Gasland," which documents the impact of fracking on communities across the United States, and is now working on a sequel. Fox says he was arrested after Republicans refused to allow him to film because he did not have the proper credentials. "We wanted to report on what happened [at the hearing]. I was not interested in disrupting that hearing. It was not a protest action," says Fox. "I was simply trying to do my job as a journalist and go in there and show to the American people what was transpiring in that hearing, so that down the line, as we know there will be a lot of challenges mounted to that [Pavillion, Wyoming] EPA report—and frankly, to the people in Pavillion, who have been sticking up for themselves and demanding an investigation into the groundwater contamination—and to make sure that people could view that in a larger forum than usually happens." watch / listen / read an interview about this on Democracy Now